With the legal framework about age discrimination in the news, Felicity Finch begins a short series about older workers still drawing a wage almost half a lifetime after the traditional age of retirement.
What is it that motivates them, what keeps them going and what rewards are they after?Deryck Howell started work in the 1930s as an apprentice pharmacist, regularly being knocked up at 3.00am to diagnose Scarlet Fever, measles and diphtheria on the spot or lancing boils and carbuncles.
More than 70 years on, his belief is 'to keep working or die'.
She talks to 90-year-old fitness instructor Seona Ross, who left her native Glasgow at the age of 15 to join Women's League for Health and Beauty and train in their school in Central London.
She talks to nonagenarian Clifford Sharp, who started working as an actuary at the age of 18, when all calculations were made done by hand.
Now, 78 years on, he uses a computer and the mainstay of his work has moved from life assurance to pensions.